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Laine scores first hat trick as Jets rally to win

Winnipeg overcomes 4-0 deficit to defeat Leafs in overtime

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

Laine completes the hat trick

Laine completes the hat trick

Listen to Dennis Beyak & Shane Hnidy's call as Patrik Laine scores his hat trick to give the Jets a 5-4 overtime win over the Leafs

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Plain and simple.

There are nights in this great game of ours when we're lucky enough to observe history. As a fan, you know the feeling better than anyone; the unmistakable sense of elation knowing you were there to watch it all unfold in person.

Tonight was one of those nights.

Tonight, we witnessed history.

Patrik Laine scored his first NHL hat trick to help the Jets overcome a four-goal deficit and defeat the Toronto Maple leafs 5-4 in overtime.

Laine, the No. 2 pick in last June's draft, scored the winning goal almost immediately after Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped the No. 1 selection, Auston Matthews, on a breakaway.

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Infographic: Jets vs Maple Leafs

Laine records first career NHL hat trick in thrilling overtime win

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

Trailing 4-1 to start the third period, the Winnipeg Jets roared back to win 5-4 in overtime, with Patrik Laine scoring the winner to complete his first NHL hat trick.

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GAME DAY: Jets host Leafs in Hall of Fame Game

7:00pm CT - TV: Sportsnet Radio: TSN 1290

by Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets /

TSN Pre-Game Report

TSN Pre-Game Report

Dennis Beyak & Paul Edmonds tee up tonight's game between the Jets & Leafs at the MTS Centre

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WINNIPEG - Some may see tonight's match up at MTS Centre as a battle of the two first overall picks in the 2016 NHL Draft: Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews.

But Laine sees it a different way.

"It's Toronto versus Winnipeg," Laine said following today's morning skate.

"It's obviously nice to play against him and see where we're going as players. But it's team against team and just a normal game.

"We've played against each other a couple times now the past couple years. This is the first time playing against him in the NHL."

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Jets take positives out of loss to Bruins

Wheeler scores lone goal, while Hellebuyck makes 21 saves

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

WINNIPEG - They had to be better and they were.

They were quicker, more assertive, aggressive and more determined to "create chaos" deep in enemy territory. And yet, while the Winnipeg Jets had their most productive night of the season on the shot clock, the result was the same in an oddly low-scoring affair.

Unlike the previous two games, the opportunities on this night - many as there were - just didn't sink.

They were better, but they weren't perfect.

The Jets outshot the Bruins 35-25 and carried the play for much of the night, but were defeated 4-1 Monday, falling to 1-2 on the season.

Blake Wheeler had Winnipeg's lone goal, while Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves.

Don't be fooled by the final score. It was either a tied or one-goal game for more than 58 minutes until the Bruins added two in the final 1:59 - Brandon Carlo's first NHL goal and an empty netter by Zdeno Chara - to seal a 4-1 win.

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Jets drop opener of three-game home stand to Boston

Wheeler scores in third straight game

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

Blake Wheeler scored on a breakaway midway through the first to open the scoring, but Boston scored four unanswered goals to clinch a 4-1 win at MTS Centre.

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GAME DAY: Jets return home to face Bruins

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

WINNIPEG -Nights like tonight are when the experience in the Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0) dressing room pays off.

The regular season is two games old - Not much time to put together an in-depth scouting report on the Boston Bruins (1-1-0), who come into MTS Centre tonight to close out a three-game road trip.

But seasoned veterans like Blake Wheeler know what the Bruins are all about, even if the line-ups look different than previous seasons.

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The keys to enhancing the live in-game experience

Jets organist Trevor Olfert adds classical notes to MTS Centre setlist

by Anya Snider /

It all started in grade five when a young Trevor Olfert began his musical endeavours in the form of piano lessons. Growing up, Trevor remembers turning the stereo on and spending time playing along with whatever he could find. However, it wasn't until he graduated from university when his musical passion really began to soar. Around the year 1990, when music technology and the electronic aspect of layering sounds started to gain popularity, Olfert really found his knack for music making. After graduating with a general arts and education degree from the University of Winnipeg, Olfert found himself playing in restaurants, churches, and other small events before he got into writing music for a 10-piece instrumental group falling under the genre of pop rock.

Olfert has spent the last 15 years teaching physical education and band at St. George School, part of the Louis Riel School Division. Here, he helps to inspire kindergarten to grade eight children in the importance of sport and music. When asked about the time he spends preparing for various concerts, including game nights at the MTS Centre, Olfert says he spends two to four hours a week at the keys.

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Maurice, Jets look to create more offensively

Winnipeg is averaging just 21.5 shots per game so far

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

Paul Maurice on Enstrom, defense and Heritage Classic

Head Coach Paul Maurice discusses the play of Toby Enstrom, the Jets' defensive play so far and the upcoming Heritage Classic

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WINNIPEG - Paul Maurice and the Winnipeg Jets aren't overly concerned about it just yet, but they know they're going to have to generate more shots and offensive-zone time if they want to win more in the long run.

The Jets are coming off a 4-3 loss last night after having a two-goal, first-period lead erased by four straight Minnesota goals in the final 40 minutes. Winnipeg tallied just eight shots in the second and third periods combined, including just two in the middle stanza when the Wild had 12 and sunk three in under eight minutes of game play.

"We're in that low-20's in terms of shots, and we're not getting shots blocked either - the shot attempts and zone time, especially, are really down. And yet, we're finishing on what we have," said Maurice, noting that the Jets have scored a respectable eight goals on 43 shots - a strong, but likely unsustainable shooting percentage (18.6%) - through two games.

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Wild hand Jets first loss of new season

Ehlers, Wheeler & Scheifele got the goals for Winnipeg

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

Tonight, the comeback-ers became the comeback-ees.

In a script opposite of Thursday's delirious third-period rally, the Winnipeg Jets allowed four unanswered goals en route to a 4-3 loss to the division rival Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler scored the first two goals, and Mark Scheifele added one late to round out the scoring for Winnipeg.

Michael Hutchinson made 27 saves in the defeat.

The Jets were smothered in the final 40 minutes, recording just eight shots on Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk.

"They did a real nice job with their coverage and we had a hard time moving past that," Head Coach Paul Maurice said. "We didn't have second and third touches on the puck, which is something we're usually pretty strong at. … (We need to) be a little stronger down there, hang on to a few more pucks and get them through to the net.

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Infographic: Jets fall 4-3 to the Wild

Ehlers, Wheeler & Scheifele got the goals for Winnipeg

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

Nikolaj Ehlers, Blake Wheeler & Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets, but four unanswered goals by the Wild powered the home squad to a 4-3 win Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

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